Environment

FLW Fishing Report
4:06 pm
Thu April 19, 2012

FLW Fishing Report: High Winds Put a Crimp in Fishing

FLW's Scott Ellison says high winds put a crimp in everybody's fishing but conditions are improving.

Scott Ellison here, with the FLW Weekly Fishing Report. You’ll have to pardon me if there are a lot of gaps in this week’s report, because the high winds that we had beginning Sunday put a crimp in everybody’s fishing. It’s supposed to be relatively calm for the next several days, however, so that should let the fishermen catch up on what they’ve been missing.

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Agriculture
8:52 am
Tue April 17, 2012

Western Kentucky Farmers Ahead in Planting

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Western Kentucky farmers are ahead of schedule with planting thanks to 2012’s warmer-than-normal temperatures.  According to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service Kentucky Field Office, farmers had planted 32 percent of their planned corn crop by early last week.

Tennessee
8:53 am
Mon April 16, 2012

Strawberry Crop Looks to be Best in Years

Tennessee’s strawberry crop looks to be the best in years, despite recent frosts. Agriculture Department spokesperson Tammy Algood says the mild winter and warm spring have ripened the fruit more than in a typical year. That means it has increased sugar levels which make it more cold tolerant. She also says growers are used to close calls and are set up to react to cold weather. Algood says strawberry lovers should call ahead if they plan to visit a patch. She says a patch filled with ripe berries on Friday could be picked clean by Saturday, then ready for another crowd by Tuesday.

The Bridge
8:44 am
Mon April 16, 2012

Coast Guard Hearing on Bridge Begins

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The US Coast Guard will begin a formal hearing today to hear testimony regarding the collision between a cargo ship and the Eggner’s Ferry Bridge in late January. January 26th, the cargo ship Delta Mariner struck the span crossing Kentucky Lake causing portions to collapse. There were no deaths or injuries. Coast Guard officials say the purpose of the investigation is to examine the causes of the incident and make recommendations to help avoid similar incidents. It is not intended to determine civil or criminal responsibility.

Land Between the Lakes
9:45 am
Fri April 13, 2012

LBL Area Supervisor Bill Lisowski Discusses Budget Cuts at the Park

The Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area could see a change in services in the coming months as federal maintenance funds for the park are cut in half. At a public meeting last night, Forest Service officials met with area residents to determine what park users don't want to lose... and what they can live without. LBL Area Supervisor Bill Lisowski says the cuts were made to the park maintenance account. Lisowski says the maintenance fund covers everything in the park from roadwork to campsite upkeep.

FLW Fishing Report
4:57 pm
Thu April 12, 2012

FLW Fishing Report: Dampened Fishing Conditions

Dave Washburn says the cold weather may have dampened fishing conditions, but didn’t stop it completely.

Dave Washburn here, with the FLW Weekly Fishing Report.

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Environment
2:34 pm
Wed April 11, 2012

Freeze Warning

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The National Weather Service has issued a freeze warning for the region tonight. A clear sky and lack of wind between 3 and 8 am will bring temperatures near or below freezing. The NWS suggests disconnecting water hoses to reduce the risk of burst pipes and take in or cover plants sensitive to cold. Click here for a complete list of counties effected by the advisory.

 

Tourism
10:32 am
Wed April 11, 2012

Mammoth Cave to Offer Free Tours in Late April

Mammoth Cave Tour
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Mammoth Cave National Park is offering two free cave tours later this month in recognition of National Park Week.

 Visitors must pick up tickets for the free tours of the Discovery and Mammoth Passage caves, which are being given April 21-29.     Park Superintendent Patrick Reed says outdoor activities benefitnot only physical and mental health, but "it's just plain fun."

The Bridge
4:22 pm
Tue April 10, 2012

Bridge Prep Work Nearing Completion

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet crews are expected to finish work preparing the Eggners Ferry Bridge for repair work by early next week. Workers are replacing guard rails and removing concrete debris from the bridge deck ahead of a crew from Hall Contracting of Kentucky. Hall Contracting was hired in March to replace the 322-foot span of bridge which collapsed when the Delta Mariner cargo ship struck the bridge. KYTC spokesperson Keith Todd says the cabinet is hesitant to set dates for the repairs.

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Odd Weather
8:36 am
Mon April 9, 2012

Odd weather patterns lead to record highs

Weather thus far for 2012 has not only broke high-temperature records for our region, but for the majority of the US as well.  March highs for the Four Rivers region were nearly 15 to 20 degrees warmer than normal.  The national average for the same period was just over 8 and a half degrees higher.  According to The Paducah Sun, the National Weather Service is reporting the past winter as the third warmest on record for the area.  Paducah meteorologist Robin Smith says the warmer weather is due to an extended La Nina effect, preventing fronts from moving through the region.  McCracken Count

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